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    • The Story of Human Language

    • Written by: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
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    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating!

    • By Jesslovescoffee on 2018-11-23

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • Written by: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bob Brier
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
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    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Moderately Entertaining Dive

    • By 101 on 2018-10-03

    Price: CDN$ 71.17

    • The Vikings

    • Written by: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
    • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
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    As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very thorough.

    • By Jamie Andersen on 2018-09-19

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • SPQR

    • A History of Ancient Rome
    • Written by: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lived every second.

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-06-12
    • A History of Ancient Rome
    • Written by: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 2015-10-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 42 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 21.48

    • The Fall and Rise of China

    • Written by: Richard Baum, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Richard Baum
    • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
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    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect Summarization of Modern China

    • By Ryan McGregor on 2018-02-05

    Price: CDN$ 71.17

    • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • Written by: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Garland
    • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
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    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Trent T on 2018-10-29

    Price: CDN$ 71.17

    • From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    • Written by: Kenneth J. Hammond, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth J. Hammond
    • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
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    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.You'll learn about the powerful dynasties that ruled China for centuries; the philosophical and religious foundations-particularly Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism-that have influenced every iteration of Chinese thought, and the larger-than-life personalities, from both inside and outside its borders, of those who have shaped China's history. As you listen to these lectures, you'll see how China's politics, economics, and art reflect the forces of its past.From the "Mandate of Heaven," a theory of social contract in place by 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years before Western philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the development of agriculture and writing independent of outside influence to the technologically-advanced Han Dynasty during the time of the Roman Empire, this course takes you on a journey across ground that has been largely unexplored in the history courses most of us in the West have taken.In guiding you through the five millennia of China's history, Professor Hammond tells a fascinating story with an immense scope, a welcome reminder that China is no stranger to that stage and, indeed, has more often than not been the most extraordinary player on it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Comprehensive review of China's history

    • By Trent T on 2019-01-07

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    • Written by: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
    • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
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    These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Professor has a great speaking voice and style.

    • By Amazon Customer on 2017-10-05

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    • Written by: Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
    • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
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    The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More of a European perspective.

    • By Han on 2018-07-31

    Price: CDN$ 71.17

    • The Medieval World

    • Written by: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
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    Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out.These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages: one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent!

    • By Justin Harris on 2018-10-30

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • Caesar

    • Life of a Colossus
    • Written by: Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great audio book

    • By James on 2019-04-20

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • The History of Ancient Rome

    • Written by: Garrett G. Fagan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Garrett G. Fagan
    • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
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    Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • very well rounded survey

    • By Mark Harcourt on 2018-12-03

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • Fingerprints of the Gods

    • The Quest Continues
    • Written by: Graham Hancock
    • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
    • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Fingerprints of the Gods is the revolutionary rewrite of history that has persuaded millions of listeners throughout the world to change their preconceptions about the history behind modern society. An intellectual detective story, this unique history audiobook directs probing questions at orthodox history, presenting disturbing new evidence that historians have tried - but failed - to explain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • spectacular

    • By Anonymous User on 2017-09-21

    Price: CDN$ 32.94

    • The Fate of Rome

    • Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire
    • Written by: Kyle Harper
    • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Interweaving a grand historical narrative with cutting-edge climate science and genetic discoveries, Kyle Harper traces how the fate of Rome was decided not just by emperors, soldiers, and barbarians but also by volcanic eruptions, solar cycles, climate instability, and devastating viruses and bacteria. He takes listeners from Rome's pinnacle in the second century, when the empire seemed an invincible superpower, to its unraveling by the seventh century, when Rome was politically fragmented and materially depleted.

    Price: CDN$ 37.53

    • The History of the Ancient World

    • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
    • Written by: Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • entertaining history

    • By Lucas Karperien on 2018-07-29

    Price: CDN$ 53.70

    • The Storm Before the Storm

    • The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
    • Written by: Mike Duncan
    • Narrated by: Mike Duncan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, especially for beginners like myself

    • By Stefan J. Knibbe on 2018-02-13

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • The Lessons of History

    • Written by: Will, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book!

    • By Agata on 2018-11-09

    Price: CDN$ 26.40

    • The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity

    • Written by: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
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    Explore the dramatic interaction between Judaism, Christianity, and paganism in Rome from the 1st to the 6th centuries. Why did pagan Rome clash with the early Christians? What was it like to be a Jew or a Christian under Roman law? And how did Christianity ultimately achieve dominance in the Roman Empire?Over the course or 24 lectures, Professor Harl enables you to grasp the full historical sweep of this critically important era and its key figures.

    Price: CDN$ 46.98

    • Mythology: Mega Collection

    • Classic Stories from the Greek, Celtic, Norse, Japanese, Hindu, Chinese, Mesopotamian and Egyptian Mythology
    • Written by: Scott Lewis
    • Narrated by: Madison Niederhauser, Oliver Hunt
    • Length: 31 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Give your imagination a real treat. This Mythology: Mega Collection of eight audiobooks with more than 30 hours of listening time is for you. Discover how many wives Zeus had, how Thor got his hammer, who Loki's children are, and more. 

    Price: CDN$ 37.53

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    • Written by: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 126 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here in a single volume is the entire, unabridged recording of Gibbon's masterpiece. Beginning in the second century A.D. at the apex of the Pax Romana, Gibbon traces the arc of decline and complete destruction through the centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean. It is a thrilling and cautionary tale of splendor and ruin, of faith and hubris, and of civilization and barbarism. Follow along as Christianity overcomes paganism... before itself coming under intense pressure from Islam.

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

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